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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  April 1, 2016

Upcoming Events

April 7, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting

April 11-12, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting

April 16,  2016

SECU Scholarship Information due to Office of Charter Schools


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools Updates

Reminder: State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity


Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools.  These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina.   These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees' Credit Union.


In order to ensure that each charter high school’s graduating seniors are able to be considered for this opportunity, each charter school must establish a Scholarship Selection Committee.  The Committee from each charter high school will be responsible for nominating a graduating senior for the scholarship.  Each school must submit its nominees to the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools.  The nominee information for each school will be reviewed/evaluated and the SECU will award scholarships to three candidates statewide.


The attached information will provide each school’s Scholarship Selection Committee with eligibility criteria, procedures, and information. 


Key points in the attached information:


  • Each school has flexibility in establishing its formal application process, but should ensure that every graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 is considered for the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarship


  • Scholarship recipient information from each school must be postmarked by 5:00 pm EST on April 15, 2016 to the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools.


  • Each school should submit an alternate or first runner up student in the event the first nominee is unable to accept the scholarship (if selected).


  • Each school must submit paper copies of nominations and any accompanying information to the following address:      

    NCDPI Office of Charter Schools
    Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith
    6303 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC  27699-6303    


The Office of Charter Schools appreciates the dedication and hard work by the members of each school’s Scholarship Selection Committee.  Your diligence and integrity enable the “People Helping People” scholarship program to continue providing important support to our college-going students.  Please contact Deanna Townsend-Smith @ if you have any questions or concerns about the program.



Attachment: SECU Scholarship Memo

NC Professional Development

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Exceptional Children's (EC) Directors Webinar Update



Due to scheduling conflicts, the April 5 EC Directors’ webinar is cancelled.  The EC Division will respond to the questions submitted for the webinar.


The EC Directors’ webinars will resume June 7, 2016.

TrueNorthLogic (TNL) Local Contract



Attached please find the previously released memo from Michael Nicolaides regarding TNL local contract. Please contact Rosalyn Galloway at with questions or concerns.



Attachment:     Memo_Local Contracts



NCEdCloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) Webinar for Charter Schools



Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:30 PM the NCEdCloud IAM Service team is hosting an informational webinar on the NCEdCloud IAM Service (see for Charter Schools.

The session focus includes the process charter schools use for getting users’ data into the service and managing user accounts  (e.g. activating new users, deactivating former users, etc). We welcome attendance from all of North Carolina Charter Schools, especially those that do not have a Tech Director or other staff member who has been granted the IAM Service’s LEA Administrator role.


The connection coordinates for the webinar are below.  Please share this invite with technology directors, PowerSchool data coordinators, or others who may benefit from this training opportunity.  In particular, Charter School technology directors and PowerSchool data coordinators would be expected to benefit from this webinar.


The webinar is expected an hour followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.


Join the meeting:


On a computer, use any browser with Flash. On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: ncedcloud


Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.


By phone:

United States  +1.860.970.0010

Access Code   664-116-397#


By computer via the internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select 'Call via internet'. A small download may be required.

CEDARS Data Warehouse (CDW) Webinar


The CEDARS Data Warehouse is NCDPI’s Longitudinal Data Store (LDS) that contains the LEA and charter authoritative data submitted to the state. The CDW is designed to support data use among NCDPI staff, school principals, charter schools, and local administrators. The system can be used for analytical and reporting purposes for districts and charter schools.  One example of the state’s use of CEDARS data is to meet Federal reporting requirements.



The CDW has been operational and open to state, districts, and charters since September 2011.  To date, the CDW contains six years of data; the 2009-10 school year through the 2015-16 school year.  Data sources include, among others: PowerSchool, Exceptional Children, Limited English Proficient (LEP), Accountability, Migrant, and Finance.



To learn more about the CDW, please register and join us for upcoming webinar events.


Please contact Terra Dominguez with any questions at:

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NC Homeless Education Program's (NCHEP) 2016 Learning Institute

Meeting Date & Times:

Friday, May 13, 2016

8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note: Check-in begins at 8:15 and the first session begins at 9:00.


Meeting Location:


Hilton Wilmington Riverside

301 North Water Street

Wilmington, NC  28401

Camellia & Azalea Meeting Rooms



Session Topics:


+ ESSA and Reauthorization Impacting Homeless Education

+ Migrant Education and Homelessness

+ Title I and Homeless Education

+ Best Practices for Your McKinney-Vento Program

+ Social Services, Foster Care, Awaiting Foster Care and Homelessness

+ The McKinney-Vento Subgrant Process: Should your district apply?




The NC Homeless Education Program's Annual Learning Institute is intended for Homeless Liaisons, Migrant Consultants, and other Educators who work directly with homeless children and youth in North Carolina LEAs and charter schools.





Sessions are designed for participants to learn about the McKinney-Vento Act and ensure compliance in districts and charter schools. The Institute provides opportunities for professionals to acquire strategies and best practices in identifying, enrolling, and serving children and youth who are homeless.


The agenda will be posted to the Learning Institute page of the NCHEP website two weeks prior to the Institute.


Learning Institute Registration:


Registration for the NCHEP 2016 Annual Learning Institute is free, but you need to register for the event. Please register here by Friday, April 29th.



Hotel Accommodations:


Hilton Wilmington Riverside

301 North Water Street

Wilmington, NC  28401

(910) 763-5900

The Group Code is NCH and the cut-off date for the state rate of $67.30 is 4/15/16.





If you have questions about this event please contact:


Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator